Sean Kolkey, Deborah Rhode Fellow

Sean Kolkey

Deborah Rhode Fellow

Sean Kolkey is a Deborah Rhode Fellow at Sanford Heisler Sharp.

Sean received his law degree from Berkeley Law School, and his B.A. from UCLA, summa cum laude. While at Berkeley Law, Sean served as an Associate Editor on the California Law Review and a Senior Executive Editor on the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law. Sean competed in several advocacy competitions during law school, reaching the regional semifinals of the 2020 National Moot Court Competition and the final round of the 2022 McBaine Honors Moot Court Competition, winning the Best Petitioner Brief award in the latter competition. Sean also gained extensive clinical experience during three semesters with the East Bay Community Law Center’s Consumer Justice Clinic and as a director of the Wage Justice Clinic. During law school, Sean completed externships with the California Attorney General’s Worker Rights and Fair Labor Section and with Justice Ming Chin of the California Supreme Court.

Sean published a note, entitled “People over Profit: The Case for Abolishing the Prison Financial System,” in the California Law Review.

When Sean is not lawyering, he enjoys rock climbing, cooking, and riding his bicycle throughout the Bay.


  • J.D., Berkeley Law School
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2022

Sanford Heisler Sharp team during a very difficult time in my life.

“Working with the Sanford Heisler Sharp team during a very difficult time in my life was a source of stability and strength. David Tracey, Madison Zucco, and Sean Kolkey consistently demonstrated a fierce commitment to advocating on my behalf and showed the utmost professionalism and empathy throughout the process. I cannot thank SHS enough for being an invaluable part of my team. They were pragmatic and transparent about everything and were a much-needed wealth of knowledge to bring my case to a successful conclusion. I would recommend SHS 100% of the time – especially with David Tracey and his team surgically navigating a very complex and adversarial matter. My team was not only the most impressive legal technicians I’ve ever seen, but they were unreservedly human. Thank you for everything.”
– Former Client